Ice cream and good friends: Tour de Creme returns for 2018
Warm weather, a bicycle ride, good friends, and ice cream.
The third annual "Tour de Creme" is returning with its recipe for success. This year's Tour de Creme will tae place on Sunday, May 20.
Organized by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, the "Tour" raises money for two projects: maintaining the Mattapoisett Land Trust's walking trails, and extending the bike path to the Mattapoisett/Marion town line.
There are four different ride lengths from which riders can choose—11, 19, 25 and 50 miles—and up to five ice cream stops along the way. Along each route, riders can stop at sponsoring ice cream shops that will provide free ice cream for riders on the Tour de Creme.
All rides start at the Mattapoisett Town Beach and end at the harbor in Mattapoisett, where there'll be free massages, live music, hot food, cold beverages…and even more ice cream.
Each year the Tour has sold out quickly, as the event can only accommodate 300 riders. This year, potential riders have a special incentive to pitch in and help out: those who raise $100 on the Tour de Crème Crowdrise online site by March 15 are automatically guaranteed a spot for the ride of their choice. The tour's Crowdrise page is located at www.crowdrise.com/tourdecreme2018.
Riders will still need to register, even if they are guaranteed a spot through the Crowdrise incentive. For those who go further and raise more, the Tour de Creme website offers a list of perks such as bike accessories and free lobster rolls.
Registration will begin online on March 15. Visit www.tourdecreme.org for all the information, including tour maps.